Flag of the Week: The Bahamas

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The Bahamas

The Bahamas are a chain of islands on the northwestern edge of the West Indies.

Symbols on the Flag

The aquamarine and gold reflects aspects of the natural environment of the Bahamas: sun, sand, and sea. The black triangle represents the strength of the united people, who aim to develop and possess the rich resources of the islands.

[Image: Flag of the Bahamas]

Fast Facts

Area: 5,382 mi² (13,939 km²)

Population: 393,600

Capital: 

Nassau

Language: English

Religion: None

Currency: Bahamian dollar (B$)

Geography

The Bahamas comprise 700 islands, only about 30 of which are inhabited. It stretches more than 500 miles (800 km) between Grand Bahama Island off the southeastern coast of Florida, and Great Inagua Island, off the eastern tip of Cuba.

[Image: Map of the Bahamas]

Famous Figures

Philip Davis has been the Prime Minister of the Bahamas since September 17th, 2021.

In 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first black male and Bahamian actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor.

[Images: Philip Davis; Sidney Poitier]

Food + Culture

Seafood is a staple. Conch, a large tropical mollusk (sea snail) with firm, white flesh, is the national dish of the Bahamas.

The Junkanoo parades are held annually on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day in Nassau. They feature colourful costumes, goatskin drums and traditional dancing.

[Images: Conch salad dish; Junkanoo parade costumes]

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